It’s fair to say very few impressed in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Arsenal, but one player who can come away with his head held high in NUFC new boy Federico Fernandez.
He made some superbly timed tackles, he read the game well, looked calm and comfortable on the ball and put in a superb cross to set up Ciaran Clark’s late header.
On a day where so many of our players failed to turn up and let themselves down, he did anything but.
This isn’t the first time he’s impressed in fairness. He looked like a leader and marshalled the defence very well at home to Chelsea, he was the only defender who didn’t disgrace himself against Forest and he barely put a foot wrong away to City.
It perhaps sums up our current struggles when the biggest chance we created was from our two centre-backs combining, but it’s great to see how quickly he’s settled in; especially with Lejeune likely to be sidelined for several more months yet.
On the he plus side this season Federico Fernandez has been excellent for #NUFC. Federico looks composed on the ball strong in the air & his tackles are perfection (apart from when he conceded that free kick yesterday which lead to Arsenal’s opener) so far I’m giving him an 8/10
— john_NUFC42 (@john_nufc42) September 16, 2018
Anyone else feel Fernandez was by far our best player today?
Made some great challenges, looked calm and composed on the ball and put in a superb cross for Clark's late goal.#nufc
— Black&WhiteBarmy (@BlackWhiteBarmy) September 15, 2018
One positive from yesterday was Fernandez. Thought he was excellent yesterday. #NUFC
— Deka Petrie (@DekaD7) September 16, 2018